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September 15, 2010



Thanks for bringing me back! I fondly remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie. I too remember watching the Red Balloon hosted by them.
We also loved The Rifleman with Chuck Connors.
And nothing could be better than coming home from school to grilled cheese, tomato soup and Bewitched. Those were the days my friend!


So funny you said that! We used to sing a song that went "Soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich...!" I remember sitting down to our little TV trays!


Soup and sandwich, soup and sandwich... wasn't that to the tune of "Love and Marriage (go together like a horse and carriage)?"

I remember waaaay back when Bewitched was on in prime time and I wasn't allowed to stay up late enough to watch it. I think it was on at 8:00 pm.

How could anyone not love Gilligan's Island?


Oops. I just Googled it and apparently Bewitched was on at either 8:30 or 9:00 when I was a kid, so I guess I was allowed to stay up later than I thought. It was always so tantalizing because it started with that animation, so naturally I wanted to stay up to watch!


Yes, that's the tune! What was it from???


Too much TV when I was a kid lead to me not watching at all as an adult. I do have a few good TV memories, though: Eating folded slices of pizza in the dark on the couch watching the original Star Trek (then already in syndication). Little else from the 70s elicits a positive response from me now. Except of course Sesame Street.


The movie I remember most from my childhood is Our Lady of Fatima. When JFK was killed, school was closed and the only thing on TV was the funeral coverage and the OLOF movie. I don't know how many times we watched it but it left a huge impression on me.


Here's a commercial using the "Soup and Sandwich" jingle!


YES! That was it! Thanks, Elena!


I watched all those sitcoms too, but I don't remember the movies except the Red Balloon. You are quite a bit younger than I though.


I got to watch Bewitched if I had to stay home from school sick. My mom would bring the TV into my room (!) and it was my favorite show, I always associate it with buttered cinnamon toast, flat ginger ale and maybe a soft-boiled egg (standard sick kid fare).

My favorite TV night was Friday nights, where we watched The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family (where I coveted Laurie's straight hair), Room 222, another sitcom that I don't recall (the odd couple?), and then, if we were at a sleepover and the mom hadn't checked on us yet, the incredibly titillating and risque "Love American Style". We were very quiet watching it (probably a dead giveaway to the parent) and tried to figure out what was going on before it was shut off.

I also remember Davy and Goliath on Sundays and The Red Balloon, which was both fascinating and disturbing. We watched Disney movies at night and, if we were lucky, there'd be a Jacque Costeau special on. Made me choose Oceanographer for a career choice for quite a while. Well, that and "teacher", because I also loved the young woman (Karen something?) in room 222.


Davey and Goliath, Gumby and The Red Balloon take me right back to the living room with the huge console tv in the house where I grew up. Also, I was named after Ethelinn Block's character, Sharon Stopps from Room 222.


Oh man, you guys, this is a trip. Yes, to Davy & Goliath and Gumby, and I too, LOVED Friday nights and the killer Partridge Family, Brady Bunch combo. We also were regular watchers of Truth or Consequences. And Flipper. And that one with the bear. Then later, when we were older there was Emergency.


Oh, and I remember hating the Red Balloon. I think I was totally frustrated by it.

Rachel K

OMG, too funny. I remember all of that, but no one mentioned Three's Company, The Jeffersons, All in the Family, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley.... shall I go on? :)


Some years later this was our Saturday night line-up: Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett.

I loved Jacques Cousteau too, and of course Room 222, with Karen Valentine! And I remember Love American Style too -- very risque!!

And of course all those others.... Those were the days, eh?


Wow! Some of you seem to have had my life. I haven't thought of Love American Style in years. We saw Wicked in Boston last week, and the Wizard was the "best friend" of John Ritter on Three's Company! You would have recognized hime!


So bummed that in all these postings, no one linked to my extensive page on the CBS Children's Film Festival with Kukla, Fran and Ollie:


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